After the chapstick incident yesterday, which years from now will lovingly be referred to as the lip smacker incident of 2010, I remembered a website my next door neighbor, an environmentalist, has been crazy about. It is called Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database created by the Environmental Working Group. This database includes information on make-up, skin care, hair products, nail care, baby products and sunscreen.
The Lip Smacker Tropical Punch not only contains ingredients linked to allergies, but also ingredients that are neurotoxins, developmental and reproductive toxins. Check it out. Needless to say I will not be using that product in the future.
It was the tropical punch, and it delivered a knock-out blow to my lips. I do not use chapstick very often and I rarely wear makeup, so I have given no thought to gluten being contained in these products.
My thoughtlessness had severe consequences today when I reached into my desk drawer and grabbed a lip smacker to moisten my dry lips. I instantly started coughing and my lips were tingling. I ran to wash the product off of my lips, but it was too late. I came home with a headache and decided to lay down. I woke up with a swollen tongue, numb lips, and facial muscles so stiff that I thought I had a bad case of lock jaw. Over a period of a few hours the stiffness has crept back into my arms and legs. I am well on my way to a full Fibromyalgia flare because of a little wheat germ oil in this flavored chapstick.
I am wondering if anyone out there has had a similar reaction. I cannot get over how sensitive I was to the product and how quickly I reacted to it. Am I definitely reacting to the wheat? They are so cute, but I think I will be finding some Burt’s Bees or using Vasoline the next time my lips are dry.